Ceci Maher

State Senator

Ceci Maher

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Working Together For Our Communities

May 7, 2024

May 7, 2024

Senators Maher and Kushner Secure $55,000 For Ridgefield, Sen. Maher Secures $520,000 For Weston and Wilton

The Senate voted Tuesday to approve the use of more than $360 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding soon to expire, including more than $925,000 in projects supporting the 26th Senate District in the 2024 legislative session. State Senators Ceci Maher (D-Wilton) and Julie Kushner (D-Danbury) secured $55,000 for Ridgefield, while Sen. Maher secured an additional $520,000 for Weston and Wilton.

The funding, approved on a 26-10 vote Tuesday includes $55,000 for the Ridgefield Meeting House. It further includes $500,000 to support Weston emergency operations and $20,000 for dishwasher and utensil upgrades for Wilton High School, a project that Sen. Maher supported thanks to advocacy from Wilton High junior Danny Banashak.

“Our communities benefit from strong support in Hartford,” said Sen. Maher. “It’s rewarding to be able to deliver this funding; knowing these projects will impact so many members of our community is one of the best parts of being a State Senator.”

“The Meetinghouse prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone in the community. I know these funds to construct a handicapped accessible ramp on their new Martinsen Barn will help them further accomplish these goals,” Sen. Kushner said.

President Biden and Democrats in Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act in March of 2021 as a means of boosting the American economy amid a downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has since supported initiatives including workforce development, public health and safety, and local governments across the nation.

Note: A previous version of this press release listed funding of $100,000 to support the Ridgefield Playhouse and $250,000 for the Ridgefield Theatre Barn. Due to staff error, these were mislabeled as funding approved in 2024; they were part of the 2023-24 budget approved in June 2023.

Contact: Joe O’Leary | 508-479-4969 | Joe.OLeary@cga.ct.gov